Saturday, April 13, 2024

Box Office: “Despicable 3” Has $29Mil Friday, But Will Ferrell’s “House” is Not a Home


Friday box office: “Despicable Me 3” had a $29 million Friday. That’s off from the previous installment, but pretty damn good anyway. You can’t beat a $75 or $80 million weekend for an animated film. Plus the reviews are solid, so number 4 is already on the drawing board. Those Minions are not going away!

Will Ferrell’s “The House” did $3.5 million last. The Warner Bros. comedy gone bad will have an $8 million weekend. It’s basically a write off. Every once in a while Ferrell has a real turkey. Really, really bad stinker. This is going in the books with “Casa de Mi Padre,” another one no one saw.

How bad could “The House” be? The 15 rating on Rotten Tomatoes says it all. Why is it called “The House”? I know it takes place in a house that’s been converted to a casino, but why isn’t the word Casino in the title? Right now it sounds like either a horror film or The Money Pit. Soon to be seen on a plane. Can’t wait.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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